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Planning Manager - Garden Grove, CA

Date: Aug 13, 2019

Location: Garden Grove, CA, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us


GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity


GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do.


We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.


What you’ll do 

Job Summary

The Planning Manager will develop continuous improvement of materials and information flow processes and efficient utilization of available resources to meet customer demand, enhance material flow and optimize inventory.

Job Responsibilities

- Deploy, manage , monitor and improve planning processes within the site to: best capture and communicate customer demand; ensure the effective use of available internal capacity/resources; synchronize external resources; actively promoting participation of all functions in these processes.
- Ensure inputs to the planning processes are regularly reviewed and monitored for accuracy using a defined business process and corrected accordingly (e.g. inventory accuracy, routings, BOM, shop floor order control and other master data).
- Ensure movement of materials on time and in full at all points in the process in line with
agreed plans.
- Ensure control and storage of inventory in line with lean with lean principles (e.g. visible FIFO and supermarket pull systems, Kanban loops).
- Continuously develop external materials logistic network to achieve lowest cost movement of materials into and out of plants.
- Ensure appropriate supply chain metric targets are achieved (e.g. customer DSA, inventory turns.)
- Contribute to the longer term strategy (3 to 5 yr. plan) for the site from a Supply Chain perspective.
- Develop and deploy supply chain CI plan and projects to achieve business plan.

Required Qualifications

- Bachelors Degree in Business, engineering or related field. 
- 7+ years of experience in Supply Chain Management in a manufactring enrionvment. 
- 4+ years of management expiernece in a manufacturing envionrment. 
- Must be a US citizen. 

Preferred Qualifications

- Aerospace experience preferred.
- Ability to demonstrat leadership ability in a manufacturing environment.  
- Good analytical skills, and understanding of manufacturing lean manufacturing principles and strong customer relation skills.  
- Proficient in MS Office Suite and strong MRP systems and software skills.  
- Posses excellent communication skills including presentation skills.
- Experience in Defense/Aerospace exposure preferred exposure preferred.
- Continuous Improvement/lean manufacturing knowledge.

Diversity and Inclusion


As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.


A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.


GKN is an equal opportunity employer.


We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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